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UK-based wine writer Jane Parkin­son picks her stand­out sum­mer drinks

Take your pick from these 12 in­ter­na­tional thirst-quenchers, as se­lected by UK-based wine writer Jane Parkin­son.

Hello hol­i­day sea­son, hello hol­i­day wines. Our wine needs – yes, needs – are man­i­fold dur­ing the glo­ri­ous sum­mer months, not only to cel­e­brate all those ex­tra sun­shine hours, but to also make the most of the fes­tive sea­son.

First up on the must-have hol­i­day wine list should be mag­nums – their bene ts can­not be over-ex­ag­ger­ated. For starters, you get more for your money than pay­ing for two sin­gle bot­tles. Se­condly, they add an ex­tra sense of theatre to any wine-drink­ing oc­ca­sion. Thirdly, there’s less chance of cork­age and/or wine vari­a­tion than when open­ing two bot­tles. Fourthly and fifthly, it should taste bet­ter be­cause it ma­tures more slowly and ages longer thanks to the smaller pro­por­tion of air in­side the bot­tle. Fi­nally, bring­ing a mag­num to a party makes you look like a supremely gen­er­ous per­son. What’s not to love about all of that?

If a stan­dard bot­tle is still the way for­ward, then sparkling wine should be high on your list at this time of year. e point of good tra­di­tional-method zz is that it has high acid­ity and is fan­tas­ti­cally re­fresh­ing dur­ing the hot months. As we know, bub­bles say cel­e­bra­tion like no other wine and as great as Cham­pagne is, there are plenty of other coun­tries now mak­ing ex­cel­lent sparkling wine. Eng­land is right up there. Not a Cham­pagne copy­cat by any means, it’s wholly di er­ent and typ­i­cally more ap­ple- avoured than what most pro­duc­ers make in north-east­ern France.

Mean­while, the pop­u­lar­ity of the pink-wine jug­ger­naut shows no signs of stop­ping; rosé is now a crowd-pleaser for peo­ple from all walks of life and its ver­sa­til­ity with food is well known, mak­ing it a no-brainer party pour. In Europe, Provence is seen to own this style, but keep an eye out for those from al­ter­na­tive ori­gins, from Spain to Aus­tria; they o er just as much char­ac­ter from lo­cal red grapes.

No mat­ter how swel­ter­ing the weather can get over the hol­i­day, for many peo­ple red is still the only an­swer. Why not look to the lighter red wine styles? ese days, the choice ex­tends well beyond Beau­jo­lais, as good as that is. And let’s not for­get that the gamay grape is be­com­ing an in­creas­ing suc­cess else­where, es­pe­cially New Zealand and Canada. Mean­while, the Jura in France makes a habit of pro­duc­ing pale, low-al­co­hol and ex­tremely char­ac­ter­ful wines from lo­cal grapes such as poul­sard and trousseau.

Ah yes, here’s to the de­li­cious hol­i­day wine haul.

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